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10 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About "Death In Venice."

THERE WAS A REAL TADZIO?!?!

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4. Even Jaschiu was inspired by a real friend of Moes.

"The Real Tadzio" by Gilbert Adair / Via tadziospeaks.co.uk

This image shows the inspiration for Jaschiu, Jas Fudakowski, in the middle right and Adzio (Moes), on the middle left.

7. Bjorn Andresen was conflicted by his role in the film after it drew so much attention to him as the "most beautiful boy in the world."

Via en.wikipedia.org

He tried desperately to break away from the perfect image of beauty that he was associated with because of the film. In 2003, Germaine Greer published a book entitled "The Beautiful Boy," and used a picture of 15 year old Andresen. While she had the permission of the photographer, she did not consult Andresen, and and he was furious to see it appear on the book cover.

9. And the adaptations don't stop there.

Via tadziospeaks.co.uk

More recently, Martin Foreman created a one-man play entitled "Tadzio Speaks." It was performed in London in 2013 and 2014.

The following is a quote from the Tadzio Speaks website: "What went through the boy's mind when he realised what was happening? Did he welcome or fear the writer's gaze? What impact did their encounter have on him? Decades later Tadzio looks back at that fateful summer in Venice."

10. Mann wasn't the only author to make Venice his setting of deterioration and decay.

Via flickr.com

Many other authors use Venice in particular as a setting for their work.

The following website provides a comprehensive list: http://www.fictionalcities.co.uk/venice.htm.

Some of the more noteworthy works are Othello and Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare, The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke, and The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith.

But why Venice? As the website rightly points out, "the essence of fictional Venice is dampness, shadows, and melancholy decay. Characters in novels set in Venice often go there to die, by design or by chance."

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